I'll start by saying this is a fully legit copy of Windows XP Home with valid\nOEM key.\n\nMy client's laptop HD failed, so I got another and recovered nearly 100% of\nit to another drive. XP was a little wacky do I did a repair install using an\nXP Home SP3 OEM disk. Worked fine as expected, boots into windows and... it\nwon't activate.\n\nMSOOBE.EXE Runs, however it just sits there doing nothing. You can see it in\ntaskmanager taking up around 10mb of memory but it's not doing a thing. No\nwindows, nothing. You can manually end it in taskmanager and run it again,\nand it will for maybe 1-2s use CPU and then go back to 0% usuage and just sit\nthere at 10mb ram doing nothing.\n\nHowever, the timer is still counting down to activate XP. My client doesn't\nwant to reformat the PC either, so I need to figure out what's causing\nMSOOBE.EXE not to work. I've noticed this before when repair installing with\nan SP3 disk but it was once out of a 100 repairs so figured it was a fluke.